Hawk Ridge Home Framing Photos

Hawk Ridge Home Framing Photos

The sky was a bit ominous yesterday at the Hawk Ridge Home site, but spirits were high! The homeowners met with us there after their drive up from Colorado along with Josh, the general contractor, and the framing crew led by Soren Mundt, Max, Seth and Joe.  By the way, Soren’s father, Gordan Mundt, did the concrete work, which we showed in an earlier post.  These guys have good attitudes and have been successfully and expediently moving through our design making it a reality. By the way, they have so far enjoyed working with Greenovision kit-like detailed framing drawings which is a reward for our hard work.  In a nut shell, we give our builders drawings that have pre-dimensioned every stud and header so that the framers are confronted with fewer major decision making dilemmas, which can disrupt the flow and speed in which the home is erected.  In Montana we have to be very careful about managing the time we have during good weather windows.

What you are seeing is the exterior frame of the home; there is another inner wall system, which is constructed after the roof goes on.  This construction method provides a total wall thickness of 1 foot, which will achieve an R-40 +/-  insulative value.  This is not your average home in the making.  The roof will come in at around R-60+.

We had very productive conversations yesterday and we’re all exited to see this home take shape.

View to the south through the master bedroom window array.

This is where the sliding glass door will be to lead to the covered north-side patio area.

View to the west from the guest room/exercise room.

This is the view to the north from the guest room/office.

This will be the view to the north from the kitchen sink. Not a bad vista when washing dishes!

This is the master bedroom.

Mark and homeowner.

View to the south of Emigrant Peak through the living room window array.

This small room is the attached greenhouse that will be used for hydroponics.

This concrete wall is a trombe wall off the the greenhouse.

This is where the utility closet will be in the garage.

Crimson Bluffs Home Construction Update

Crimson Bluffs Home Construction Update

The framing has begun on the Crimson Bluffs Home. Woohoo! It was a beautiful, sunny day in Townsend when we visited on February 25th. Thank you to Brad, Kevan, and Trish (the contractors) for getting this project off to a good start. There were were great views of the Big Belt Mountains and the Missouri River, which still has ice along the bank. You can begin to get an idea of what the views will look like from the master and guest bedrooms.






Quinn Creek mid-October update is about details and understanding craftsmanship

Quinn Creek mid-October update is about details and understanding craftsmanship

deckbracket and window frame

One of the greatest challenges in designing and building new homes is: How do “we” as designers come up with a design that is recognized by all that work on it throughout the project as worth putting their thought and care into? We, at Greenovision, believe that there are a number of factors from the beginning that set this in motion. For one, the site itself is a source of inspiration. In some cases like, Quinn Creek, this is simple- the environment is absolutely beautiful. This environment inspires those who work here, well, at least when its not cold, rainy, or windy.

Exterior from W all

2. Keep the design clean. This makes it easy for all that work on the project to maintain a thorough and civilized workmanship.

Emily on roof

3. Have a good attitude when we visit the site. This joyful spirit usually is contagious.

Exterior from E S E

4.  Keep everyone involved throughout the process. In this picture, we have the homeowner, the excavator, and the roofers all together.

Metal workers Andy and Jon

5. Encourage craft through understanding. Too many designers don’t do this, but it is mandatory in our opinion. Talk to those involved in the construction. Ask what they like about the design and most importantly, what could have been better about it. This cross pollinates into everyone feeling not only appreciated, but also as experts at what they do. We have learned a lot from the subcontractors and will implement their suggestions to help improve future designs.

exterior outlet box

6. Understand details. When designers don’t fully understand their own product, they lose credibility with the construction team.

Lower Exercise room

This is an example of what we mean… This is a construction site, yet it as clean as a whistle. The insulation team caught the spirit of the job site!

Main view

A beautiful place to work!

Netting for cellulose


7. Give the subcontractors enough room to work. This plumbing wall could have been a nightmare for Marc if we didn’t provide him adequate wall space to work his thorough and meticulous craft. Again, ask the subcontractors questions. When we asked Marc if he was happy with the space he had to work in, he mentioned that the tightness of the craft that occurred before him made his life easier. Marc did mention one issue that he had difficulty with and we we able to quickly address this before the construction advanced any further.

pressure check

radiant boiler manifolds etc

Example of Mike, the heating specialist’s, well organized layout. This, again, is accomplished by giving subcontractors adequate space to work their magic.

small windows and boxes

8. Allow subcontractors to have interpretation of design. This exterior siding job shows that the spirit of the design was understood and then elaborated on. The windows were designed to have a rhythm. What was not designed were all of the outlet and light fixture block-outs.  The builders took the spirit of the design and integrated this rhythm into what could have been a mess. This creative interpretation should be encouraged as it elevates not only craftsmanship, but also the spirit of creativity which is often ‘not allowed’ by some designers.

Standing seams

9. Understand and eliminate unnecessary complexity. Most roofs of today are a nightmare for subcontractors to work on because they have extraneous hips, valleys, ridges, and intersections.  This roof juncture is about as complex as this roof-scape is. This encourages clean and simple execution by the metal workers, making for a tight product. Designers need to ask themselves, “Is this necessary? Who will enjoy this? Will this cost more? And most importantly, Will the subcontractor hate this detail?”


The spirit of keeping things neat.

Terminationl trim


Tie down

Details that often are not understood by designers create installation nightmares. This tectonic structural tie down was given adequate space in the framing plan to be installed. Framers need to be considered in what they can and can’t do.

caulk that joint

Modern homes, in order to meet high energy efficiency standards, need thoroughness in execution. Here you have wall plate and stud junctures caulked appropriately, which reduces unwanted air and moisture infiltration. Even though this site is located where it doesn’t have to be code compliant, the workmanship of the insulators continues common sense and thorough sealing application.

Upstair Interior from West

window frame

10. Think ahead. This window detail with a cedar frame that the metal trim butts up to, considers future window replacement. All too often designers don’t think about what it means to have to make replacement simple and possible in the future. With this detail, the windows can be removed without touching the siding. The siding will outlast the windows!

exterior from southeast below

11. Lastly, use materials that are beautiful and durable. This promotes better craft and workmanship because all involved know that what they install or build will be there for a long time if they do their job correctly. This eliminates a sense of futility that contractors feel and experience when they are knowingly installing ‘junk’ materials or 15-20 year exterior products. Unfortunately, the use of low-quality materials has become rampant in the design and construction of new homes. Greenovision advocates the use of long lasting, low maintenance, and highly insulated exteriors. Spend the money on the building envelope initially and not on expensive counter tops and fixtures. Those interior products can be simply remodeled out over time. Remodeling the exterior, on the other hand, is not only risky, but expensive.

Quinn Creek Framing about done

Quinn Creek Framing about done

The Latest developments…

livingroom to absorkas

from north west

from southeast again


towards gallatins

bedroom view2

Quinn  Creek Framing Progress

Quinn Creek Framing Progress

Here are some photos of the Quinn Creek Home from August 31st. The general contractor and framing crew are doing a great job and the project is progressing quickly. For regular updates on this project, be sure to “Like” the Greenovision Facebook Page.

exercise room view

exterior from north east

from northwest 2

guest bedroom view

kitchen view

view from south east